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Aotearoa Short Film Lab

Applications for the 2020 Aotearoa Short Film Lab will open in October 2019. We seek new and emerging writers, with bold short film ideas, to submit one script and up to three concepts for consideration.

About the Lab

Aotearoa Short Film Lab is a prestigious hothouse mentoring scheme for screenwriters and aspiring screenwriters to workshop new ideas for short film. Established in 2010 as a partnership between Show Me Shorts and Script to Screen, the Lab offers six local and two international short film makers the opportunity to develop their short film concepts and scripts with the guidance and advice of experienced industry mentors.

The Lab is free to attend for all selected applicants, but there is a NZ$20 application fee. Those selected can come on their own or bring up to two key creative collaborators with them. Travel costs are the responsibility of the selected participants.

The Lab includes a full-day workshop, and follow-up sessions with one of the mentors who will guide each participant through the development of their script.

“The Short Film Lab was fantastic and very well run. All three mentors were really very warm and encouraging. Writing is a lonely business and having new insights from industry practitioners on how to tackle problems is pure, precious gold. I am heading home with more confidence and determination about both projects.” – Michael Kam, writer, Short Film Lab participant 2019

Past mentors include: Michael Bennett (Cow, Matariki), Shuchi Kothari (Coffee & Allah, Apron Strings), Kathryn Burnett (The Cul de Sac, Mike & Virginia), Jake Mahaffy (Free in Deed), Jackie van Beek (The Breaker-Uperers, Inland Road), Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, The Jaquie Brown Diaries), Diane Taylor (Beyond the Known World, Apron Strings) and Dustin Feneley (Stray).

Previous Short Film Lab participants have described the interactive workshop as “inspiring” and “invaluable”, and many projects have gone on to be funded and produced. Films developed with the assistance of the Lab have premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (I’m Going to Mum’s), NZ International Film Festival (Tree) and Show Me Shorts Festival (Zinzan, Baby?). Charmer, also developed through the Lab, featured in the Show Me Shorts 2018 programme.

If you have questions about the Lab please contact us.


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